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Alcoa, William Blount stage first BC lacrosse championship

William Blount graduate and Tusculum signee Emma Miller drives on the Alcoa goal as Lady Tornado Kaylee Rowell defends during the Blount County championship match last month. Photo by Jolanda Jansma

Emma Miller came to lacrosse from a basketball, softball and cheer background.

The William Blount graduate leaves high school after two years with her new sport with a Blount County championship, the first-ever scoring title in the game’s local debut and a scholarship to Tusculum.

Nice.

That’s a big part of the why lacrosse is now on the roster of sports offered at Alcoa and William Blount. The two schools staged the first-ever Blount County girls lacrosse championship in May. The Lady Governors ran by the Lady Tornadoes for an 11-4 win to claim bragging rights as the new sport’s first champion.

A lot of the credit for bringing girls lacrosse to Blount County goes to William Blount coach James Davis. Davis formed a club for the sport three years ago. To help the game’s push to become a TSSAA-sanctioned outlet for high school athletes in Tennessee, the club’s players began playing for their respective schools this season.

His motivation for introducing lacrosse locally is simple, Davis said.

“These girls need avenues to go to college,” he said, “and, if I can get one girl into college, and it’s a free ride, I’ve made an impact.”

To learn more about Alcoa and William Blount girls lacrosse, visit their Facebook pages at Lady Govs Lacrosse or Alcoa/Maryville lacrosse.

Below are a few reasons Miller and Lady Governor teammates Lily Durman, Jozlyn Long and Hailey Davis think the game is worth a look:

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